FAQ

The property we refer to as Green Space on Prospect Street is located at 297 Prospect Street. This almost 5-acre area consists of three parcels and has an undeveloped street, Thompson Place, running east/west in the northern half of the property. It has been an educational site since the first half of the nineteenth century starting with The Dickinson Institute, followed by Romeo High School, Junior High School and, lastly, Middle School. The buildings were demolished in 2021. 

297 Prospect Street is owned by Romeo Community Schools Board of Education. In 2023, the Board of Education attempted to sell the property for development and did not accept any of the proposals they received. In response to requests from a group of citizens (later to become the GSOPS group), the Board passed a resolution giving the citizens groups until June 1, 2024 to present a feasible plan for preservation of the property. 

Our proposal is for the green space to be owned by a local government or other tax-exempt entity. The Romeo Village Board passed a resolution in January 2024 that they would consider acquisition of the property if GSOPS had garnered sufficient funds. GSOPS will only provide acquisition funds to an entity who intends to honor the green space vision.

GSOPS will require a deed restriction or conservation easement to be placed on the property at the time of acquisition to ensure that the property remains open to the public as an open space in perpetuity.

In the short-term, potentially yes. However, it is important to keep in mind that the new tax revenue would be needed to offset the cost of additional infrastructure and services for the new homes.

Vibrant, flourishing communities set their sights on the longer-term environmental, economic and social benefits for their residents and businesses, also known as the triple bottom line. Communities with a lot of parks and green space are great places to live and work. Green space in a community has a positive impact on property values which has a long-term result of increased property tax revenue. Visit https://www.tpl.org/resource/economic-health-benefits for more information.

The trees and native landscapes envisioned for our Green Space on Prospect Street are components of green infrastructure, as opposed to the gray infrastructure that is the built environment. Green infrastructure provides services that have value to the community, reducing the need for additional stormwater and other infrastructure, which adds to the community’s bottom line. Visit https://www.epa.gov/green-infrastructure for more information

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